Sake On Air to Host First-ever Sake Future Summit 2020 Online - Two Entire Days Inside the Worlds of Sake & Shochu

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Sake On Air, the world’s leading podcast expanding the dialogue surrounding Japan’s iconic beverages – sake and shochu – is hosting the world’s first-ever Sake Future Summit in cooperation with the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association. Taking place online between 10:30 am November 21st (Sat) and 5:30 pm November 22nd (Sun), the team at Sake On Air will deliver unprecedented access and insight into these two beverage categories poised to transform the beverage industry. Access to this nearly 30-hour marathon of panel discussions, demonstrations, presentations and conversations with many of the most respected and innovative industry players across the globe will be free to everyone, everywhere.

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Sake Future Summit 2020 – Day 1
Sake Future Summit 2020 – Day 2

With sake exports exploding exponentially over the past decade and shochu rapidly gathering attention as demand for Japanese craft spirits skyrocket, these categories now demand a level global mindshare throughout the food and beverage industries impossible to ignore.

“As sake and shochu grow in popularity around the world, familiarity with the industry itself, its past, present and potential futures will be key. Sake Future Summit will cover a diverse range of different facets of the sake industry, helping to provide the broad set of information that needs to be comprehensively conveyed,” says John Gauntner, a leading sake educator and evangelist.

In addition to examining the exciting flavors and profiles of sake and shochu transforming the world’s leading bars and restaurants, Sake Future Summit 2020 will demonstrate the qualities of resiliency, innovation, sustainability and tradition that make these two categories equally unique and universally significant.

“There’s a lot of great information available that clearly outlines what sake and shochu are. What’s lacking are the perspectives that capture why people should care. These beverages are intrinsically tied to the natural resources and livelihoods of the people that have crafted them for centuries and exemplify the kinds of values shaping our future relationship with food and drink. Sake and shochu may be from Japan, but now they belong to the world,” states Sake On Air producer and co-host, Justin Potts.

Sake Future Summit 2020 viewers will engage in the following.

Explore shochu and the future of bars and spirits with:

  •     Brian Ashcraft (Author of Japanese Whiskey and The Japanese Sake Bible)
  •     Ryan Chetiyawardana (Cocktail bartender; Founder of Mr. Lyan)
  •     Shingo Gokan (Mixologist; Founder of SG Group)
  •     Don Lee (Mixologist; Head of Tales of the Cocktail: Cocktail Apprentice Program)
  •     Christopher Pellegrini (Shochu specialist; Author of The Shochu Handbook)

Examine sustainability, regionality and agriculture with:

  •     Sayuri Daimon (Former managing editor of The Japan Times)
  •     Yuichi Hashiba (President of Izumibashi Shuzo)
  •     Atsushi Kabasawa (President of FARM8)
  •     Shinsaku Kuroki (President at Kuroki Honten & Osuzuyama Distillery)
  •     Masaru Terada (24th generation president/toji at Terada Honke)
  •     Takenosuke Yasufuku (President of Kobe Shu-Shin-Kan Breweries Ltd.)

Discover the relationship to international cuisine with:

  •     Wolfgang Angyal (President/CEO of Riedel Japan Co. Ltd.)
  •     Francois Chartier (Flavor expert; Créateur d’harmonies)
  •     Michal Ou (Chef/owner of Hanabi)
  •     Sean Ou (Co-founder of The Beverage Clique)
  •     Tatsuya Ogura (Owner of Hoteru and Kaikan)
  •     Sho Suzuki (Chef/owner at Suzu Group)
  •     Kenichi Takaya (Owner/chef at Nihonshu-ya)
  •     Xavier Thuizat (Head sommelier at Hotel de Crillon; President of Kura Master)
  •     Jeremy Umansky (Chef/owner of Larder Delicatessen & Bakery; Author of Koji Alchemy)

Consider industry tradition, innovation and resilience with:

  •     John Gauntner (Author; Founder of Sake World)
  •     Tatsuya Ishikawa (Former toji at Taketsuru Shuzo; Vice president of Japan National Toji Guild)
  •     Taiji Okura (General manager at Gekkeikan Sake Co., Ltd.)
  •     Tadayoshi Onishi – (President/toji at Kiyasho Shuzo, makers of Jikon)
  •     Masataka Shirakashi (President of Kenbishi Sake Brewery)

More speakers and panels will be announced in the lead-up to Sake Future Summit 2020. Event details and the latest program information can be found at:
*(Note that programs and speakers are subject to change).

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  •     Send media inquiries and additional information requests to: questions[at]sakeonair[dot]com

About Sake On Air

Sake On Air began in October 2018 as the world’s first podcast dedicated to Japan’s most iconic beverages: sake and shochu. Hosted by a rotating team of industry professionals, the bi-weekly show presents stories from the front lines of the industry, serving as an informative, educational and inspiring resource for a world of sake and shochu fans, food and beverage specialists, and ever-growing number of sake-curious. Sake On Air is broadcast from the Japan Sake and Shochu Information Center in Tokyo, Japan, and is made possible with the support of the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association.

Supporting Partners

Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association, Japan Sake and Shochu Information Center, Export Japan Inc., Potts.K Productions, Inaho Films


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